Power out of the Diamond Formation

The Power out of the Diamond Formation is a great play that works very well in youth football. The Diamond Formation forces the defense to defend both sides of the formation. Since it’s a balanced formation, you can run the Power Concept to both sides. The double tight-ends will give you more blocking power at the point of attack, as well as a play-action passing threat. This play is easy to install and it will work on all age levels of football.

Power out of the Diamond Formation

Power out of the Diamond Formation

Center:  Block head up nose guard. If you are getting double A-gap defenders the center always blocks backside A-gap defender.

Right Guard: Work onto middle linebacker. If you are facing a disruptive Nose Guard the RG and C can double team him.

Right Tackle: Block defensive tackle. If your RT is having trouble blocking the DT, have the TE & RT double team that DT.

Left Guard: Pull, lead through the hole, block linebacker.

Left Tackle: Base defensive tackle.

Right Tight-end: Double team DT, or work onto the outside linebacker (if your RT can handle the DT alone).

Left Tight-end: Step playside, cutoff.

1: Catch snap, turn and hand to the 2 back. It’s important that the 1 gets the ball to the 2 in the backfield. This will give your 2 back time to adjust his path if needed.

2: Take handoff, cut off of the 4’s kick-out block.

3: Fake to the left, replace pulling guard.

4: Kick-out defensive end. Aiming point is the inside hip of the defensive end.  Against the 4-4 defense, the kick-out player will be the outside linebacker. The 4 is kicking out the first defender outside of the playside TE.

Related Content: Using the Diamond Formations to Create Mismatches 

Coaching Points 

  • Run this play to both sides to keep the defense honest.
  • You don’t have to pull linemen, you can just have your offensive line base block.
  • If you are facing a difficult defensive tackle, you can double team him with the TE and RT.
  • You have the option to down block as well.
  • Install the Power Pass off of this Power play, it is lights out.

(See Also) Pistol Offense Playbook 

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